Fungal nail infections are a common problem that can affect any nail. Fungal nail infections occur when spores of a fungus make their way between the toenail and the nail-bed and infect the skin or the nail. The good news that it’s treatable.
Read on for the Scholl guide to Fungal Nail infection, including causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Fungal Nail Infection Causes
Fungal nail infections are most often caused by the same type that also causes athlete’s foot, called dermatophyte fungi. The fungi are passed from person to person through direct contact and are carried by socks, shoes, carpet and hosiery.
Fungal Nail Infection Symptoms
There are some obvious signs of a fungal nail infection that you can look out for. You might notice:
- Your nails start to look dull and lose their natural shine
- There is discolouration around the edge of the nail
- White or yellowish spots in the middle of the nail
- Discomfort while wearing shoes, walking or standing for time
If you have any symptoms, then it is important to act quickly. If you do not treat the infection, there is a chance it will spread to other nails.
The Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment, used for the treatment of mild fungal nail infection, contains hygienic disposable files that are used to remove the top layer of the nail, which gives access to the nail structure and improves its appearance. This then reveals where the fungus resides and enables you to apply the advanced formula. The formula penetrates into the nail to create an inhospitable environment for the fungus, to stop it from spreading or getting worse.
This should be done frequently to start with, filing the nail once a week and applying the liquid once a day, for the first four weeks, then continue to apply the liquid once a week for up to nine months. The files can only be used once and should be disposed of after one use to avoid reinfection.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infection
There are certain things you can do to reduce the risk of fungal nail infections. Firstly, avoid walking barefoot in humid or damp conditions. Be sure to wear foot protection such as flip-flops in areas where infection may be easily passed on – such as communal showers and swimming pools.
Also, it is recommended to take action if there is any damage to the nail, as this can offer an opportunity for fungus to get in and under the nail, where it infects off the keratin in the nails. If you have old footwear, it may be a good idea to replace them as they could be contaminated with the fungus spore.
Additionally, if you notice any symptoms of athlete’s foot, then treat it as soon as possible. Fungus can easily spread to your nails, becoming a fungal nail infection.